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Mindful America: Meditation and the Mutual Transformation of Buddhism and American Culture

Jeff Wilson

Abstract

Thirty years ago, “mindfulness” was a Buddhist principle mostly obscure to the West. Today, it is a popular cure-all for Americans’ daily problems. A massive and lucrative industry promotes mindfulness in every aspect of life, however mundane or unlikely: Americans of various faiths (or none at all) practice mindful eating, mindful sex, mindful parenting, mindfulness in the office, mindful sports, mindfulness-based stress relief and addiction recovery, and hire mindful divorce lawyers. Mindfulness is touted by members of Congress, CEOs, and Silicon Valley tech gurus, and is even being taught i ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, economics, eating, marketing, meditation, mindfulness, parenting, sex, stress, therapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827817.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Wilson, author
Renison University College, Waterloo University